By Anastasia Radford. Invitation Card Types. Published at Friday, June 01st, 2018 - 01:40:14 AM.
Make Sure They're Legible: As you consider colors and patterns, don't forget about the text—the information you put on the invitation is the whole point of sending it out in the first place. Your stationer can help, but, in general, avoid light ink on light backgrounds and dark ink on dark backgrounds. Yellow and pastels are tough colors to read, so if you're going with those, make sure the background contrasts enough for the words to pop, or work those colors into the design rather than the text. Also, be wary of hard-to-read fonts like an overly scripted typeface—you don't want to sacrifice readability for pretty letters.
Have a Pro Address Your Envelopes: When you order your invitations, see if you can take the envelopes home immediately (or as soon as possible). That way, if you're having someone other than your stationer (say, a calligrapher) print the return addresses on your envelopes (most stationers print the return addresses for little or no charge; it's often even included in the suite's price), they can get a head start. While you don't have to hire a calligrapher to address your envelopes, we highly recommend it—it looks beautiful and makes an elegant first impression. Traditionally, addresses are handwritten, so unless you have impeccable handwriting, it's best to leave the envelopes to a pro.
The Card Makes Me Want To Attend The Event! The way a card looks on the outside is equally as important as what’s written on the inside. There are so many creative and funky ways to prepare your engagement invite before presenting it to the whole wide world. Today, people have gone beyond a simple card, which merely communicates the basic information that needs to be passed on to guests. Engagement invitations these days can be awesome, instead of plain and boring. These invites showcase the masterpiece of the works of art and design, which have been used to build them up. They can be sober, or zany; they can be simple or look like collected drops of solidified pearlescent rainbows; or as pop-out cards, with an accompanying song that plays as they are opened.
Get Your Dates Straight: Include your RSVP information on the bottom right corner of your invitation or on a separate enclosure, and make the deadline no more than three or four weeks after guests receive the invitations. Check with your caterer first to find out when they'll need the final head count. Remember: The more time you give guests to reply, the more likely they are to forget—but you'll need time to put together the seating chart. Plus, your final count may affect the number of centerpieces and other décor elements, which your vendors will need to finalize a few weeks before the wedding.
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